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No lights /appears to have no power wre54g expander


Working fine until it was unplugged to move it . Didn't come back up. Can it be repaired, and if so , how?

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    the same thing happened to me, I unplugged it to move it which I have done a number of times before with no problem but now it doesn't seem to work. The lights don't come on or anything.

  • Woodworker2 Jan 24, 2009

    Same exact thing , it's been working fine for 2 + years. Unplugged it to move it plugged it in and no lights. tried the AC cord also and the same thing. Won't be buying another one after seeing all the power issues with this one. Hawking looks nice and has excellent distance

  • awhlui Jan 28, 2009

    I have the same problem. No lights and no power. what is the solution?

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Brick. Linksys website is no help.

  • lousylinksys Feb 18, 2009

    Same problem. Did anyone get a solution? Outlet works fine.

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    Lo mismo después de un año y medio dejo de funcionar (NO prende ninguna luz wre54g expander)!!!

  • b-dawgie Feb 25, 2009

    stopped working one day. Light got dim then went out

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    worked fine for 1.5 years, has been unplugged repeatedly and came up nicely. But now mine stopped as well.

  • Jim in Tampa May 05, 2009

    Worked fine until a power fail. Now dead. I ran around with a meter and it looks like the power supply is working and has the 3.3 v. Thought a Bridge or diode may have blown but all looks good in power land.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    Same thing just happend to me. Only the LINK light was one. And then two days later, everything just went dead. Can't figure out what happend. LIke the thing went dead.

  • catsrule313 May 19, 2009

    first my router stopped working, then the booster wont work now. this computer has low connection without it because i have a big house. this is the 2nd time weve had a problem with our booster. first time, we bought a new one and now this one wont work either. weve had it for less than a year. linksys sucks and this is rediculous!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    no power after 1.5 years of good service

  • Larry Cook
    Larry Cook Jan 05, 2010

    This has taught me that 1) if you are a master ,everyone else doesn't have the sense GOD gave a retarded hoe handle ,and 2) if you are an apprentice ,your not going to let a master get by without calling him out ! It does have a cord ,but it also comes with a direct connection . To the master ,if some one thinks he can get an expander set up and working , he has enough common sense to check the obvious. GET ME OUT OF THIS _ _ _ _-up site!

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Kingsolmn, your solution is by far the most stupid one I have ever heard. If the darn thing does not power up is ovious that we will try another outlet. Besides, this plugs directy to the outlet, no cable. It appears that you have never seen one of this expanders and you should not be posting if you have no knowledge of this things.

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Actually you are wrong papitohead, when troubleshooting a piece of equipment you start with the easiest thing first, which would be the power. The power cords are vulnerable, they kind of stick out there to be walked on and such. I DO know about such things like routers and range extenders (I have one setting right in front of me). Not to mention your comment was even less helpful having no solution or input to the problem. I can not get my range extender to work. I am currently getting 2.6 vdc from the power supply (inside the case). Does anyone know what the voltage is suppose to be?

Thank you,

Tim

Posted on Aug 29, 2009

  • IMTim2112 Jan 05, 2010

    As a follow up, I did troubleshoot my range extender some more. I actually found a power transformer that had close to the same voltage as required. I bypassed the power regulator that came with the unit and the lights came on just fine. So if you don't mind taking the thing apart I suggest trying this method. A lot of the old cell phone charges run low voltage so maybe you can find a match too.

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The first step is to check to make sure that the power cable is still in good condition.
The next step is to make sure that the wall outlet is working -- *** BE CAREFUL *** --

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My expander stopped working a few months ago. No lights are on. Actually I did not know if it was working when light were on. There was no much difference with or without it. I only judged by the lights. I...


First Check to see if the Power supply is actually putting out power, us a multimeter set to DC volts. If there is no, or an incorrect, voltage, I would expect between 9 - 12 Volts Then if NOT OK, replace the adapter. However, If that's OK, and when plugged in there are NO lights, then the Expander is faulty.

Mar 30, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Configuring WRE54G to a wireless router


Before you start configuring the WRE54G you need to consider the following factors:

1. Make sure that there are no wireless security enabled on the router like WEP and wireless MAC filtering. If you have them enabled try to disable them first. Check if there is a wireless computer that is currently working on your network.
2. Make sure that the SSID broadcast is enabled.
3. Then Hit the Automatic Configuration button on the WRE54G for about 3-5 secs.

The wireless computer should be connected to the SSID of the Range expander.
The range expander doesn’t have any DHCP server. The IP address that will be assigned to the computer will be 0.0.0.0 or the Auto-configuration IP 169.254.xxx.xxx.
Assign a static IP address on the wireless card. IP address should be 192.168.1.5, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Default gateway 192.168.1.1
To assign static IP address on your machine you follow the steps below:
Windows 9 xs and ME:

Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you’re using > Properties
Under IP Address TAB:
Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.5
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Click the GATEWAY TAB:
Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add.
Then Hit Ok All the way out… hit yes if it’ll ask you to restart

Windows XP and 2000
Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address:
IP Address: 192.168.1.5
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Then click ok all the way out.
Try to ping the Range expander. Go to start and then run type CMD for Win XP/2000, COMMAND for Win ME and below. On the black screen that will pop-up type PING 192.168.1.240 (Default IP address of the Range expander.
If the ping test was successful then you can access the setup page of the Range expander. If not, try to reset the Range expander for 10 seconds and then power cycle it.
To reset the range expander, follow the steps below:
Hold down the reset button for 10 seconds then unplug power while holding down reset...plug it back in after 5 seconds then wait for 10 more seconds before releasing the reset button.
To access the setup page of the expander, Open your Internet Explorer and please go to http://192.168.1.240
If will prompt a username and password box, leave the username blank password is admin.
On the setup screen of the expander, you can set the same exact settings on your router. SSID, Channel, WEP settings should be the same on the router and you need to specify the WLAN MAC Address of your router to the space provided for the WLAN MAC address on the setup page of the Range Expander.
Once you applied the settings, the lights on the expander should be both blue.
You can now set your IP address back to obtain an IP automatically and Obtain DNS address automatically.
Range expander should be working after performing the troubleshooting steps above.

If you have an Ethernet port on the WRE54G, try to connect the range expander directly to your computer with static IP address then ping the WRE54G. Make sure that you are not running any firewall and Internet security in your computer. If you were able to ping the 192.168.1.240 try to access it through the Internet Explorer and configure it from the there. Follow the steps that I gave to you to configure the wireless settings of the range expander.

Make sure that you have checked all the wireless security settings on your router. Make sure that you have those disabled. Try to set static IP address in your computer and try to ping the 192.168.1.240 and see if you can get a reply.

To set static IP follow the steps below:

Windows 9x and ME:
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Highlight the TCP/IP of the Wireless LAN card you’re using > Properties
>>>Under IP Address TAB:
Specify an IP address: 192.168.1.10
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
>>>Click the GATEWAY TAB:
Under New Gateway: Enter 192.168.1.1 then click on Add.
Then Hit Ok All the way out… hit yes if it’ll ask you to restart

Windows XP and 2000
Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Internet Protocol TCP/IP > Properties > Use the following IP address:
IP Address: 192.168.1.10
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Then Hit Ok All the way out.

on Feb 07, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Link light on (blue), activity light off (neither blue nor red)


Press the RESET button on the back of the unit and reconfigure the settings.

Sep 11, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Site survey failed


Hello,

You can connect your expander to your PC via ethernet cable and then assign a static IP address on your PC.

To assign a static IP address, just double-click on the monitor icon on the lower right hand corner of your PC and then view status and go to properties. Look for TCP/IP v4 and click properties.

Select use the following IP address:

192.168.1.2
255.255.255.0

and then click OK.

After successfully assigning an IP address to your PC, let's test the connectivity by going to command prompt.

Go to Start>Run>and then type cmd and hit Enter.
Once you're on the black screen type ping 192.168.1.240.
If you get replies then your good to go...

Let's now access the Web UI of the you Wireless expander.
Open a browser and then type on the address bar 192.168.1.240 and then hit enter.

It will prompt you with WRE54G's username and password. Just type the password to login to the Web UI. The default password is admin.

Once your on the Setup page, you have to configure your settings exactly the same as your wireless router (e.g. wireless security, IP address range) except for the SSID. You may want to change the SSID on your WRE54G for you to easily identify where your wireless computer is connected.

You can leave the WRE54G's IP address to 192.168.1.240 if your wireless router's IP address is on the same range like 192.168.1.x

Then on the Gateway address type your router's IP address. If you're also using Linksys the default IP address usually is 192.168.1.1

Then you can configure your wireless settings same as your router. After that, same the settings and see if the light on the WRE54G becomes BLUE. If yes, then you're good to go! You can unplug the PC from the WRE54G and then set your PC's IP address back to Obtain an IP Address Automatically. See static IP address procedure above.

Jul 06, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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No connect to router wireless, no wizard


Hi,

You have to make sure that the settings on your wireless router is exactly the same as your wireless expander. Before you place your wireless expander to the spot you want to extend your wireless network, you may want to test it first when it is 10ft to 15ft away from your wireless router. Just to make sure you got it working. And then just keep on moving your expander every 10ft until you reach the farther spot that the expander can reach with good connectivity.

Jul 01, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Just no power. outlet is ok! reset button does nothing to help


Hi,


Might be some problem with adapter. verify output voltage of the adapter with multimeter. If no output then replace your adapter.


Regards;
Hassan

Jun 27, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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When running the setup CD, I get a Site Survey failed. Anyone have any ideas?


Hello,

I can help you configure your expander manually instead of using the CD.

You can connect your expander to your PC via ethernet cable and then assign a static IP address on your PC.

To assign a static IP address, just double-click on the monitor icon on the lower right hand corner of your PC and then view status and go to properties. Look for TCP/IP v4 and click properties.

Select use the following IP address:

192.168.1.2
255.255.255.0

and then click OK.

After successfully assigning an IP address to your PC, let's test the connectivity by going to command prompt.

Go to Start>Run>and then type cmd and hit Enter.
Once you're on the black screen type ping 192.168.1.240.
If you get replies then your good to go...

Let's now access the Web UI of the you Wireless expander.
Open a browser and then type on the address bar 192.168.1.240 and then hit enter.

It will prompt you with WRE54G's username and password. Just type the password to login to the Web UI. The default password is admin.

Once your on the Setup page, you have to configure your settings exactly the same as your wireless router (e.g. wireless security, IP address range) except for the SSID. You may want to change the SSID on your WRE54G for you to easily identify where your wireless computer is connected.

You can leave the WRE54G's IP address to 192.168.1.240 if your wireless router's IP address is on the same range like 192.168.1.x

Then on the Gateway address type your router's IP address. If you're also using Linksys the default IP address usually is 192.168.1.1

Then you can configure your wireless settings same as your router. After that, same the settings and see if the light on the WRE54G becomes BLUE. If yes, then you're good to go! You can unplug the PC from the WRE54G and then set your PC's IP address back to Obtain an IP Address Automatically. See static IP address procedure above.



Jun 09, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Linksys WRE54G WIRELESS 802.11G RANGE EXPANDER Range


The actual max distance of the range expander is about 50 feet, and sorry to say but it cannot bounce the wireless signal from it on a wall....

Jan 25, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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Linksys Range Expander...


Hi,

Initially, it is possible that the WRE54G has not been configured to talk with WiFi AP/Router downstairs and all that is needed is to configure/set it up.

Setup (to be done in the same room where your WiFi AP/Router is installed and preferably with your daughter's laptop which can already connect to your network when it is near):
1. Download the LinkSys WRE54G Setup Wizard from the LinkSys site;
2. Use a LAN cable connection to the WRE54G Ehternet port (located underneath a flip lid in front panel) to one of your daughter's laptop;
3. Power up the LinkSys Expander;
4. Press the Range Expander’s Auto Configuration button for about five seconds. Normally this should be sufficient for the Expander to auto-detect and auto-configure itself;
5. Power off;
6. Move the Expander to your intended place of installation;
7. Again using your daughter's laptop, expand/install the downloaded LinkSys Setup Wizard. Soon as the program is running, follow the on screen instructions. Please don't forget to Save before exiting.
8. Move your daughter's laptop to its intended location and try the system.

Should you still need a User's Guide, it is available here.

Another possibility that we cannot discount is that the WRE54G is also not reaching your router downstairs. Perhaps what can be done is installing it not a floor down from your daughter's but halfway between your daughter's floor and your office downstairs.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post again how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Nov 16, 2007 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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No Power


Before you plug it in the wall, insert the installation disc and go through their tutorial. When you do that you'll plug in your range expander, press the auto configuration button on the side and wait for both lights to turn up blue. Then you can unplug the range expander and put it else where.

Aug 08, 2007 | Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander (WRE54G)

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